Media urged to highlight reproductive health
LARKANA- Media could play an effective role in creating awareness of the problems pertaining to sex and reproductive health that the adolescents and youth are facing in today’s world.
This was the view of the participants of a programme, ‘Media Meeting – A Dialogue with Adolescents/Youths’, arranged by Pakistan Voluntary Health and Nutrition Association (PAVHNA) at a hotel on November 21, 2002.
Project Director PAVHNA Rehana Rashdi, Dr Iftikhar and Dr Safdar Abbasi conducted the programme held in collaboration with the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF). A sizeable number of adolescents and youths of both genders attended the meeting for a dialogue with the media people.
The problems which were brought under discussion included unwanted and irresponsible sex, unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, maternal mortality, sexual exploitation and vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), all related to reproductive health of people between 10-24 years of age.
The problem of sexual abuse and violence also came under discussion and the participants asked the journalists to report such incidents with utmost care to protect the affected persons and families.
It was suggested that sex education should be included in the curriculum for proper guidance of the young students about sex and reproductive health. It was concluded that sexual abuse and violence made the youths and adolescents the target of many complications, which created problems for the society and especially their families. These complications include bitterness, loneliness, aggression and drug addiction.
Stress was also placed on addressing the problems faced by the women living in the rural areas. Dr Zulfiqar Rahujo underlined the need to address those problems and requested the journalists to play their role for the betterment of the younger generation.
Source: The News